Fun and educational activities for kids to do while at home

With students attending school from home due to COVID-19 and many outdoor activities on hold as we enter the cold and rainy season, we’ve refreshed our list of activities to help keep kids engaged and learning.

Below is a variety of worksheets, videos, games, coloring pages and other activities for students of all ages, informed by our partnership with Portland Public Schools as we continue to develop the first ever fully-integrated K-12 Climate Literacy curriculum.

Some of these activities will require a printer but many can be completed using a smartphone or laptop. Many of these options can be used to support learning taking place in the online classroom, while others are just for fun. Check out the table below for grade level-appropriate options.

Mad Science presents Hazard Hamlet; observations about electricity and safety PGE

Physical Science:  Insulations and Conductors Materials: Access to a computer and printer


Activity: Healthy or Harmful? PGE

Life Science: Parents and their Offspring Materials: Access to a computer and printer


Activity: Recipe for Hydropower PGE

Physical Science: Pushes and Pulls Materials: Access to a computer and printer


Video: Virtual tour of Pelton Round Butte hydropower project and Q&A with a biologist PGE

Life Science: Animals, Plants & Their Environment Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone


Video: Virtual tour of Pelton Round Butte hydropower project (without biologist Q&A) PGE

Life Science: Animals, Plants & Their Environment Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone


Video: Harborton Habitat Restoration PGE

Life Science: Animals, Plants & Their Environment Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone


Virtual Speaker Request (min. of 10 children): Host a conversation with a fish biologist or wildlife expert

Life Science Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone


Deeper Dive: Become a Junior Ranger

Life Science Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Activity: Restore Your River PGE

Life Science: Ecology Materials: Access to a computer and printer


Virtual Speaker Request (min of 10 children): Host a conversation with a fish biologist

Life Science Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone


Video: Virtual tour of downstream fish passage on the Clackamas PGE

Life Science: Ecology Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone


Video: Acoustic Telemetry study behind the scenes PGE

Life Science: Ecology Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone


Activity: Deschutes Activities Packet PGE

Just for fun Materials: Access to a computer and printer


Activity: Camp-in campout activity card PGE

Just for fun Materials: Access to a computer and printer

Video: Drone on the Range PGE

Next Generation Science Standards 11.1 Eco-diversity and Biodiversity Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone


Activity: Juniper, Fire and Wildlife PGE

Next Generation Science Standards 11.1 Eco-diversity and Biodiversity Materials: Access to a computer and printer


Video: Mini Sharma-Ogle: What is my role? PGE

Portland Public Schools 11/12 Climate Elective, Unit 1: Intro to Climate Change and Climate Justice Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone


Video: Gonzalo Mendez: What is my role? PGE

Portland Public Schools 11/12 Climate Elective Unit 2: Climate Science and Climate Resilience Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone


Video: Elysia Treanor & Elaine Hart: What is my role? PGE

Portland Public Schools 11/12 Climate Elective Unit 3: Climate Change Effects, Impacts and Solutions Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone


Video: Caitlin Horsley: What is my role? PGE

Portland Public Schools 11/12 Climate Elective Unit 3: Climate Change Effects, Impacts and Solutions Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone


Video: Geoff Moore: What is my role? PGE

Portland Public Schools 11/12 Climate Elective Unit 3: Climate Change Effects, Impacts and Solutions Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone


Video: McKena Miyashiro & Cristian Salgado: What is my role? PGE

Portland Public Schools 11/12 Climate Elective Unit 4: Climate Justice Politics and Economics Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone


Virtual Speaker Request (min of 10 students): Host a conversation with a terrestrial biologist

Next Generation Science Standards 11.1 Eco-diversity and Biodiversity Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone


Virtual Speaker Request (min of 10 students): Host a conversation with a water quality specialist

Next Generation Science Standards 10.3 Elements and Periodic Table Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Worksheet: Clean Energy Word Search PGE

Clean Energy Materials: Access to a computer and printer


Worksheet: Clean Energy Word Game PGE

Clean Energy Materials: Access to a computer and printer


Worksheet: Energy-Saving Coloring Page - Kitchen PGE

Energy Saving Materials: Access to a computer and printer


Worksheet: Energy-Saving Coloring Page - Living Room PGE

Energy Saving Materials: Access to a computer and printer


Video: Steer Clear of Electric Sockets PGE

Electrical Safety Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone


Video: Don’t Touch Downed Power Lines PGE

Electrical Safety Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone


Video: Look Up Before You Play PGE

Electrical Safety Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone


Video: Electricity and Water Don’t Mix PGE

Electrical Safety Materials: Access to a computer, tablet or smartphone